Though his recent celebrity is the result of his guiding the Warriors to three tiles in four years as head coach, Kerr is himself a five-time NBA champion player, having won three championship rings with the Chicago Bulls (1996-98) and two more with the San Antonio Spurs (1999, 2003).Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and spent much of his childhood there. In 1984, his father, Malcolm, 52, was serving as the President of the American University of Beirut when he was assassinated by Islamic Jihad. Steve was 18 at the time, attending the University of Arizona as a freshman.

Steve married his college sweetheart Margot in 1990. They have three children, and now live in the Presidio Heights of San Francisco.

His interviewer on the Hanna stage will be Garry St. Jean, himself a former head coach and general manager of the Warriors (1999-2000), and now the half-time commentator/analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area.

The addition of Kerr to the Speaker Series line-up is another “get” for the ambitious program of notables from media, broadcast, politics and sports.

Kathy Witkowicki, the president of the Sonoma Speaker Series, said that the introduction was made through Chuck Young, the former UCLA chancellor who recently served as interim superintendent of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District.